Every now and then, when the mood takes us, Astrakan likes to engage with the outside world with some haphazard promotion. We were delighted to discover that the dedicated people at Babyblaue Seiten have made a commendable attempt to engage with our oeuvre. We have nothing but admiration for this German site which provides numerous reviews of challenging music (visit their site at al ::http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_16783.html ). However we would like to make the observation that "post-fusion” trips off the tongue a little better than "Prog-Jazz-Rock-Fusion-Combo”.
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Astrakan are working on the next album. We have three new songs so far, and hope to bring some demos to this site soon. We are also looking to release a collaborative single in August.
Our track 'Submarine' was selected for the Croydon Community Radio New Music Playlist and has been broadcast daily across Croydon and the world. Astrakan would like to thank the volunteers at the radio station and wish them well in their search for new premises. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Astrakan release a new single on the 7th January to complement The Hello Goodbye Show's Bowie Show on Resonance FM (104.4)
It's our post fusion take on our favourite David Bowie track 'Fashion' and we hope all of you Astrakan and Bowie fans enjoy it. It will be available on CD Baby, Spotify and other places on the Web.
Hidden Agenda is now available as a CD as well as on digital media.
Two Astrakan songs have made the Fresh on the Net Listening Post long-list. We especially liked the description of Tumblin' Dave as:
'Deerhoof in your lounge. Random, wonky, and fun'
View some pictures from Ascape Studio showing Astrakan with engineer/guitar virtuoso Dave Lear. Marvel at Sean Broadbent's wondrous artwork. Visit his site here:
The Astrakan collaborative single titled ' I'm Like, You're Like' is pretty much finsihed with a little mastering due to be carried out soon. We think it's one of our weirdest yet with an outstanding vocal by Celia. It should be available on digital Media by the end of November or the beginning of December.
We were very pleased to find 'Comets and Monsters' on a Spotify jazz playlist by Dennis Charles Young. We can only congratulate Dennis on having such excellent taste and urge him to listen to our recent work .
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The Astrakan post-fusion collaborative single 'I'm Like, You're like' is now available on all good digital media. It features an out-of -this-world vocal by Celia with virtuosic powerhouse drumming from Dave. We think you Astrakan fans should love it!!!!
In an inspired attempt to engage with western capitalism and essay what might loosely be called marketing Astrakan have created two unique T-shirt designs (see the 'Fashion' T-shirt below). We feel confident that Astrakan fans will love these attractive, contemporary and friend impressing fashion items. Check out the Musicglue links to the Astrakan store on the Shop page.
A welcome reprise of The Hello Goodbye Show' homage to David Bowie featured the Astrakan recording of 'Fashion' again. This was a fantastic show and should now be available as a podcast. We want to thank the presenters for having such an inspired idea and for their description of our track as "wonderful". Listen to it on our page on Spotify.
Despite lacking a single competative bone in our bodies, Astrakan have decided to enter the Battle of the Bands competition at the Deep End on the Universities at Medway campus. As ever, we will be throwing caution to the winds and trialing some new songs. For those of you interested in this kind of musical ephemera these may include 'Biscuit Preferences', 'Black Glass', and 'Demon meets Pixie'. It takes place on 20th of March so watch this space for some triumphant bombast/miserable excuses.
Astrakan had a lovely time at the 'Battle of the Bands' and despite finishing in a distant last last place suceeded in reaching out to some beautiful new listeners. Perhaps the attempt to bribe potential voters with our custom made badges was a little unwise, but we feel that it would have been more of a crime not to draw attention to the essential ironies and contradictions of a competion between bands. Plus it excited a great deal of interest in us (by our standards).
Video of our new song 'Black Glass' is located on the Home page. Unfortunately the sound quality is not great but we think this song along with 'Biscuit Preferences' has bags of potential. We are looking forwards to welcoming a new third member soon, and are reasonably optimistic about realising a new album towards the end of this year.
Astrakan have been hard at work on the fourth album and are pleased to say that a lot of the creative foundation is now in place. We are now travelling the lengthy and occasionally rocky road of development (our favourite part), but loyal fans eager to sample some of the early fruits of all of this should keep an eye out for new rehearsal and demo videos. Check out our exciting video for 'Demon meets Pixie'. Keen eyed observers will have spotted a new drummer Les at the back bringing a whiff of the New York Hip Hop scene to our post-fusion sound. There is also a new realisation of the fiendishly tricky mid-tempo 'Black Glass' sitting in our Soundcloud page. Enjoy!!
Astrakan continue to work on the fourth album. We have assembled a total of 10 songs and aim to release demo versions in a video format over the next few months before heading to the recording studio in August. 'Round and Round' is an wonderfully etherial composition by Celia. Our latest attempt to realise its other-worldly sounds can be found on the 'Home ' page. Other fruits of the rehearsal session may also be found as Astrakan wrestles with its assorted hard and software.